.. I recommend following this skill tree path which was explicitly designed to make the gaming experience as pleasant as possible for new players. That being said, it focuses more on survivability and comfort than damage since these are way more important at the beginning, but the guide will elaborate on options to adjust the skill tree in order to be more damage centric for the endgame later.
Did you know? If you want to go back to town without using Portal Scrolls, you can open the game menu (ESC) and select ‚exit to character selection‘ and just re-enter the game (be careful to not choose ‚exit to log in screen‘ at league start since this will put you back into the login queue).
This task is very important and should be completed as soon as possible!
Since this build uses a lot of auras, you will have a limited amount of mana available to spend for active skills. To counter this, you want to have a mana flask with a ‚Flask effect is not removed when Unreserved Mana is Filled‘ modifier. This modifier can be rolled on mana flasks with an itemlevel of 16 or higher (you can see the itemlevel by pressing ALT when you mouse over the item).
For now, there are 3 ways to get this modifier:
Loot and identify a magic mana flask and hope it has the specific modifier (uncommon).
Use an Orb of Transmutation on a normal mana flask to make it magic and hope it gets the specific modifier (uncommon).
Use Orbs of Alteration on a magic mana flask to change the modifiers until you hit the desired modifier (the outcome is still heavily rng-based, but it’s the most reliable way to get this modifier). Important: Only use these methods on flasks with an itemlevel of 16 or higher.
Note: Also make sure to occasionally use this method on higher tier mana flasks in order to increase the amount of mana the flask actually provides. If you didn’t find a mana flask yet, you can also check if Yeena in The Forest Encampment (and vendors in all upcoming towns in Act 4+) sells one.
Did you know? If you succesfully craft or find an Enduring Mana Flask with ‚Effect is not removed when Unreserved Mana is Filled‘ and ‚Effect does not Queue‘, don’t be confused by the fact that it also has „66% reduced Amount Recovered‘. This is absolutely normal since all three mods are mutually dependent and can’t be rolled without each other.
You get (R) Herald of Ash for completing the quest Intruders in Black. Use it as soon as possible. Otherwise just level it in your second weapon set until you can do so. (R) Herald of Ash is an aura, so you have to activate it.
Note: You have to have a mana flask with the “Flask effect is not removed when Unreserved Mana is Filled‘ before using (R) Herald of Ash. Otherwise you will suffer from not having enough mana to use your skills.
Note: You have to have a mana flask with the “Flask effect is not removed when Unreserved Mana is Filled‘ before using (R) Herald of Purity. Otherwise you will suffer from not having enough mana to use your skills.
There are specific item combinations you can sell to any vendor to get a specific return. Such trades are referred to as “vendor recipes”. The following vendor recipe allows you to get a better weapon [which will increase your (G) Shattering Steel damage by quite a substantial amount so it’s recommended to do this as soon as possible] :
In case you only have a normal (white) Rustic Sash, you can use an Orb of Transmutation to make it magic (blue).
Note: If you haven’t found any Rustic Sash belt by now, check out if the vendors in town (Nessa in Act 1, Yeena in Act 2 or Clarissa in Act 3) sell one – the chances are pretty high. Also, keep in mind that the items sold by the vendors are reset each time you level up.
Did you know? There are numerous vendor recipes that can be very helpful depending on the build and depending on the situation. You can get an overview of all known vendor recipes here.
Did you know? Even if it seems right to you to equip unique items (brown) due to their rarity, I advise you not to do so unless they are the items listed under ‚Preparation‘. The reason for this is that many unique items have relatively useless modifiers for this particular build and often contribute less life or resistances (if any) than rare items.